In October 2018, the members of WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) decided to schedule an extraordinary meeting of the CRC on 14-15 January 2019 to discuss, in particular, RUSADA’s compliance status. The first reason why those dates were selected was on the basis of them being the closest available dates to the 31 December 2018 deadline when all the CRC members could meet in person (which members felt was imperative).
These dates were known to Executive Committee and Foundation Board members and were publicly communicated by WADA, including on its website, since October 2018.
These dates will also make it possible for the CRC to receive and discuss, in person, full reports from: the WADA expert team that visited Moscow in late-December tasked with extracting the laboratory data; the audit team that visited RUSADA in mid-December; and from WADA’s internal Compliance Taskforce.
Lastly, in cases of non-conformity such as this case, where the special fast-track procedure in Article 9.5 of the International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories is being used, the fast-track procedure requires WADA to give RUSADA and the Russian authorities a fair opportunity to make a submission for the consideration of the CRC before the CRC makes its recommendation to WADA’s Executive Committee with respect to RUSADA’s compliance status and potential consequences.
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